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Universal's 'Epic Universe' theme park coming to Orlando, expected to create 14,000 new jobs

Posted at 7:53 AM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 14:16:13-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — Get ready for a universe of excitement!

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts announced on Thursday that a new Universal theme park is coming to Orlando.

"Epic Universe" is promising to be the most immersive and innovative park that Universal has ever created.

"Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the ultimate destination," the company said in a statement.

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"Epic Universe" will be built on a 750-acre site near Universal Blvd. and Kirkman Rd., just east of Interstate 4 and only minutes from Universal's other Orlando theme parks.

Universal Orlando Resort already operates Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, as well as the Volcano Bay water park, in Orlando.

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Thursday's major announcement comes just weeks before the Aug. 29 grand opening of "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," an expansive new land at Disney's Hollywood Studios based on the Star Wars franchise.

A second "Galaxy's Edge" opened at Disneyland in California on May 31.

Earlier this Summer, Universal debuted a new ride, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, based on the Harry Potter franchise. Taste and See South Florida's T.A. Walker got a sneak peek at the coaster back in June.

Officials said Thursday 'Epic Universe' is expected to create 14,000 new jobs with a $15 per hour base pay. An opening date has not been announced.

WPTV and the Associated Press contributed to this report.